Merseyside Police insisted the “vast majority” of people did not break coronavirus rules as they gathered exterior Marine’s stadium forward of Sunday’s FA Cup tie in opposition to Tottenham.
Hundreds of followers turned out, largely in shut proximity and seemingly at odds with social-distancing measures, to welcome the groups’ arrivals at Rosset Park Stadium for the third-round conflict, which Spurs gained 5-0.
But Superintendent Andy Rankine mentioned in an announcement: “Officers are in Crosby this afternoon (Sunday, January 10) ahead of Marine FC’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
“A small gathering occurred forward of the arrival of the crew coaches, and street closures had been put in place to facilitate this arrival safely. The huge majority of people current had been adhering to social-distancing measures and those that had been not had been suggested by officers.
“As we now have achieved all through this pandemic, we are going to all the time try to encourage people to disperse and go dwelling peacefully.
“But the place we face blatant breaches of laws, people ignoring the restrictions and even obstructing police from finishing up their responsibility, our officers will not hesitate to take enforcement motion.
“Those attending have now left the area and we hope everyone enjoys the occasion safely at home.”
Carlos Vinicius scored a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham prevented an FA Cup upset on Merseyside.
The Premier League aspect, sitting 160 locations above their hosts within the soccer pyramid – the most important such hole within the competitors’s historical past – got an early scare when Neil Kengni rattled the bar from distance.
Thereafter, although, it was all Spurs, with Vinicius opening the scoring halfway via the primary half with a easy faucet in, before doubling his crew’s lead with one other close-range end on the half-hour mark.
Two minutes later, Lucas Moura’s curling free-kick made it 3-0 to Spurs and Vinicius accomplished his hat-trick with a pleasant lob eight minutes before half-time.
Sixteen-year-old substitute Alfie Devine accomplished the scoring with a low drive on the hour-mark as Jose Mourinho’s aspect cruised into Monday evening’s draw for the fourth and fifth rounds.